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Youri Tielemans Completes $50M Leicester Transfer on 4-Year Contract

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2019

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea FC at The King Power Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
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Youri Tielemans is set to officially sign for Leicester City on a permanent basis after the Foxes agreed terms with the midfielder's parent club, AS Monaco, on Monday.

Leicester made the announcement via their official website, noting how any deal is still subject to Premier League and international clearance: "The 22-year-old has signed a four-year deal after a highly impressive loan spell with the Foxes during the second half of last season and becomes the third arrival of the summer after James Justin and Ayoze Perez."

Sky Sports News has reported there is a "broad agreement on the legal structure" of Tielemans' £40 million transfer fee, with the Belgium international, who spent the second half of the 2018/19 campaign on loan at the King Power Stadium, having already "verbally agreed" to a contract with the 2016 Premier League champions.

Securing Tielemans' signature, even for a club-record fee, represents excellent business for the Foxes. The move provides progressive manager Brendan Rodgers with yet another creative talent, one who had also reportedly drawn interest from top-flight rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Tielemans has already proved he can form a useful partnership with classy No. 10 James Maddison. This forward-thinking duo will Rodgers' preferred expansive style of play click this season.

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7 - From his debut on February 10 to the end of the season, only Jamie Vardy (12) was involved in more Premier League goals for Leicester City than Youri Tielemans (7 - 3 goals, 4 assists). Foxy. https://t.co/3BMNrvlPkG

They will provide the ammunition for a fluid forward line still led by prolific No. 9 Jamie Vardy. He'll receive stronger support after the £30 million capture of intelligent forward Ayoze Perez from Newcastle United.

Along with wingers Harvey Barnes and Demarai Gray, Leicester are now spoiled for choice when it comes to match-winners in the final third. There will be no shortage of goals as Rodgers attempts to challenge the established order of the division's top six.

Both Rodgers and Tielemans talked up the potential for something special from Leicester's loaded group:

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City boss, Brendan Rodgers: “Youri fit brilliantly into the squad last season, he’s already shown that he’s capable of making an impact in the Premier League and he adds another option to an incredibly talented group of players"

While Leicester have produced a minor coup by seeing this deal over the line, Monaco should also be commended. The Ligue 1 club has cashed in a tidy profit on the former Anderlecht ace:

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Youri Tielemans at AS Monaco: Signed for €23m, played 65 times, provided 3 assists & scored 6 goals. Actively shunned by Leonardo Jardim, failed under Thierry Henry. Sold for double after 18 months. It's Monaco's market & we are all merely living in it.

With former Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas pulling the strings at the heart of the engine room, Monaco were left with less of a need for Tielemans' vision and flair.

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